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U S Supreme Court to Hear Health Care Reform Case

The United States Supreme Court is to hear a challenge to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and deliver its ruling at the height of next year’s presidential election campaign.

In an order released on Monday morning(11-14-11), the Supreme Court announced that it will hear more than five hours of oral argument in the challenges to the Affordable Care Act brought by 26 states and several private parties.

The order indicates the gravity with which the justices view the health care cases, as the Court rarely allots more than an hour to for argument in each case it hears.

Within those five-plus hours, the justices divided the time into four separate arguments to address the various questions raised in petitions from the Department of Justice, the 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business.

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